ug·​li·​ness | \ ˈə-glē-nəs How to pronounce ugliness (audio) \

Definition of ugliness

1 : the quality or state of being ugly
2 : something that is ugly

Examples of ugliness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, as always with the way Fox spreads its toxic ugliness, there is a real downside — if not to its bottom line, then to the way Americans function, or don’t function, as citizens. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 The current run of fan ugliness is difficult to ascribe to one factor. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, 2 June 2021 But after days and nights of war and ugliness, there was a rare moment of hope, when Randa Aweis, a 58-year-old mother of six, got one of Yehoshua’s kidneys after a 10-year wait. Isaac Scharf,, 24 May 2021 Sheridan’s newest directorial effort beats Wind River by several miles, playing to his strengths as a writer and constructor of character without sacrificing the ugliness that interests him so. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 When Cody Bellinger comes back and the bullpen gets settled and Seager and Betts start hitting again — and there’s no reason to think all three things won’t happen — everyone will probably forget about this early ugliness. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 The ugliness carried into the third quarter with only two long-range shots finding the target. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2021 But last year, after Meghan and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals, Kelley and What Meghan Wore editor Susan Courter decided to split the sites, in large part due to increasing tension and ugliness between Meghan and Kate fans. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 31 Mar. 2021 The ugliness adds a sense of danger to the animated world that sells the story as one with real stakes set in a dangerous world. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jul 2021

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“Ugliness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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